I spent the day with my mentor splitting hives and making NUC's. His (and others) bees are building up very fast on a 300 acre canola field that is just starting to bloom. Man do the bees love that stuff! The sea of yellow is beautiful. I will try to post a picture when it hits full bloom.
In addition, I witnessed a huge (five gallon bucket size) swarm come out of a hive circle like a tornado and then pitch in a tree 20 feet up. Fortunately it was a very limber pine tree. We sat up a hive body and I shook the bees from the tree into the box. On the first try we must have not had the queen because they eventually flew back to the tree. We let them settle down awhile and shook them again. This time we saw the queen in the box and the bees followed her in. WHAT A SIGHT and EXPERIENCE!
My honey supers go on this week. Spring has arrived in Central Georgia.
Too much excitement for one day, Steve